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Projected lineups for Rangers, Flyers

Friday, 12.23.2011 / 5:20 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Rangers, Flyers
NEW YORK -- The Rangers won't mess with success. They also have little choice with all the injuries they're facing of late.

John Tortorella said he will ice the same team he used in the Rangers' 4-2 win against the Islanders on Thursday for Friday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. The only change will be in net, as Henrik Lundqvist will make the start after Biron picked up the win Thursday.

Personnel won't change, but there might be some shuffling of the lines. Tortorella was asked about the performance of the Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan line against the Islanders on Thursday and wasn't pulling punches.

"Not too much," Tortorella said when asked what the thought of the line. "They didn't accomplish a whole hell of a lot."

That could be a sign that Brandon Dubinsky, who scored his second goal of the season, will be elevated to that line in place of Hagelin. Defenseman Jeff Woywitka (foot) is out, but Tortorella wouldn't say if the injury was long-term or short-term.

There's some guesswork, but this is likely the lineup the Rangers will send out against the Flyers:

Artem Anisimov - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin - Brian Boyle - John Mitchell
Michael Rupp - Ruslan Fedotenko - Brandon Prust

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman
Tim Erixon - Stu Bickell

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

The Flyers, meanwhile, will be without Danny Briere against the Rangers. Again, the Flyers didn't reveal their lines at Friday morning's practice, but they could look this way:

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
James van Riemsdyk - Matt Read - Wayne Simmonds
Tom Sestito - Maxime Talbot - Jakub Voracek
Jody Shelley - Harry Zolnierczyk - Zac Rinaldo

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Matt Carle - Luc Bourdon
Andrej Meszaros - Andreas Lilja

Ilya Bryzgalov
Sergei Bobrovsky
Quote of the Day

When I first became captain here, Monsieur Beliveau came to me and said, 'You're going to be fine. You don't have to change, you got selected because of who you are.'

— Saku Koivu on Thursday, recalling what he was told by the late Jean Beliveau when he was named Canadiens captain in 1999
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